Volvo has issued a warning to customers after finding “in very rare cases” a piece of plastic fitted to the engine can melt and cause a fire “in the most extreme cases”. The Swedish carmaker says 69,616 UK cars are among more than half a million which are being recalled globally. Volvo confirmed “a very small number of cars” had caught fire but no-one had been injured. The recall comes three months after Vauxhall recalled 235,000 Zafira cars for a third time over fears they could catch fire.
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Volvo said the at-risk models have four-cylinder diesel engines.
They are 2014-2019 versions of:
S80, S60, V70, XC70, S60 Cross Country, V60, XC60, V60 Cross Country, S90, V90, V90 Cross Country, XC90, V40 and V40 Cross Country
All affected customers will be contacted to warn them of the problem, Volvo said.
However, the motor manufacturer said it is “safe” for drivers to use their vehicles as long as it does not show any issues relating to the fault.
They include an illuminating engine warning light, lack of power or an “unusual smell”.
Another way of checking if your car is on the recall notice is to visit the volvocars.com website and type in your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
Concerned customers can also contact their UK dealer on the Volvo website by typing in their postcode.
Volvo said in a statement: “Investigations by Volvo Cars have identified that in very rare cases, the plastic engine intake manifold may melt and deform on certain model year 2014-2019 vehicles with four-cylinder diesel engines.
“In the most extreme cases, there is a possibility that a localised engine bay fire may occur.
“The issue affects 69,616 cars in the UK. Volvo is contacting all affected customers.
We are taking full responsibility to ensure the highest quality and safety standards of our cars.
“We will do our utmost to perform this action without any unnecessary inconvenience to our customers, and we apologise for the inconvenience caused and are grateful for our customers’ cooperation.”
The company said it was “working closely” with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) on the matter.
Volvo UK said it “will cover the cost of the repair, including diagnostics” if the symptoms are related to the problem highlighted.
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